The U.S. Vice President receives the annual Athenagoras Human Rights Award presented by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for his advocacy of religious freedom. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday (October 17) became the recipient of the annual Athenagoras Human Rights Award award, presented by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Manhattan. The website of the Archdiocese said it chose Biden because of his "strong" advocacy for religious freedom including in Turkey where some Greek Christians have experienced decades of enmity. In receving the award, Biden told the gathering it just might be the "greatest" award he's ever received in his public life. The Archdiocese website said past recipients of the award include former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, former Soviet leader Russian Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and Mother Teresa.